MUSIC

DAVID LANE – HEAD IN THE CLOUDS

It’s very difficult to do anything remarkably different in the realm of the bittersweet folk-rock singers, and Sydney’s David Lane has been forging his upbeat … Read more

GENEVIEVE MAYNARD AND THE TALLBOYS – THE HOLLOW WAY

At the risk of seeming overly referential, if Australia were to claim its own incarnation of Neil Young, Genevieve Maynard would come pretty close to … Read more

TINARIWEN – IMIDIWAN: COMPANIONS

An album, album number four no less, that offers more of the same is generally a less than enthusiastic recommendation. That is unless that very … Read more

WILLIE NELSON & ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL – WILLIE & THE WHEEL

Good old Willie Nelson – he’s certainly maintained a healthy balance of musical activity in recent years, still kicking along at 76 making records with … Read more

NEW WEIRD AUSTRALIA – VOLUME 1

Sometime FBi-presenters and musos Stuart Buchanan and Danny Jumpertz have struck on a good thing with their new bimonthly compilation, New Weird Australia. The … Read more

THE MINUS 5 – KILLINGSWORTH

“They’ll mess you up just like a feudal lord / Oh you’ve never seen such a smorgasbord…the disembowlers”.  The Minus 5’s started life as one … Read more

THE YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS – I THINK THIS IS

The Young Fresh Fellows, twenty-five year stalwarts of Seatle’s indie scene, are a certain kind of eclectic rock band, which is both their biggest strength … Read more

TAKING BACK SUNDAY – NEW AGAIN

It is very difficult to be fair and constructive when writing about music of this kind. Ironically titled, this record from American super-emo merchants Taking … Read more

MIKELANGELO & THE BLACK SEA GENTLEMEN – DEAD MEN TELL A THOUSAND TALES

To live we must die. Many a culture far older and wiser than our own tell tales that rejoice in the part that death plays … Read more

THE DIRTY PROJECTORS – BITTE ORCA

Bitte Orca is a beautiful, difficult, and ultimately rewarding album. Like much avant-guarde rock music (Deerhoof being perhaps the closest contemporary reference), it’s impressionistic first … Read more